STEM Graduates is a recruitment agency who provide careers advice for science related jobs. Here are their top five places to search for a graduate job in science or engineering:
- Through Your Internships/Connections
If you started looking at your career early on during university, you may have been accepted onto some internships or placements. Alongside being useful for helping you decide which career is right for you, some graduates can be fast-tracked for the organisation’s graduate scheme.
Even if you weren’t offered a place at the time, having this work experience on your CV is great and can be useful if you go back to apply for a graduate job with the organisation after you graduate.
Some larger companies have close links and partnerships with other organisations. This can mean that if you’ve completed an internship at one company this will be really useful and attractive to other big companies who follow the same format.
It’s also a great idea to head down to careers fairs on campus to meet potential employers. Network and give them your contact details. Now is the time to utilize these connections and experiences so send emails and ask for advice sooner than later.
- Your University Careers Service
Your Careers Service at University is not only a really useful source of advice but also advertise local jobs. Check out your Careers Service’s Job Board to find local graduate level jobs. On the Careers Service site, you’ll also find tips focusing on perfecting your CV, your interview technique and graduate job-hunting in general.
Manchester Met Careers Service offer ‘Employability Sessions’ which run regularly throughout the year and are designed to enhance your career prospects and boost your skills. You can also check out the ‘What do our graduates do?’ section of the website to see what other Manchester Met graduates are working on post-university. A great resource if you’re needing some inspiration!
- Subject Specialist Job Boards
A great source of graduate level science and engineering jobs is through specialist job boards. Each job board will focus on different job sectors which means that you will be able to locate one to suit your career preference whether this is in a science, engineering or graduate specific role. For example, here at STEM Graduates we only list and recruit for graduate jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. You can search for these job boards through Google or the Manchester Met Careers and Employability website.
Specialist job boards also provide some tailored advice on specific sectors and may advertise relevant events and open days too! It can be really useful to sign up for email alerts on a job board, that way if a job with your desired key words becomes available you can be notified a.s.a.p.!
- Big Company Websites for Graduate Schemes
It would be impossible to visit the website of every single company willing to take on a graduate, but you can certainly focus on some of the bigger ones. Larger companies will usually have graduate schemes where you are in graduate training for 1-2 years learning about the company and developing important skills.
Check which Graduate Schemes are being offered in the different sectors, along with their start dates and application deadlines. They will usually give loads of information about the job itself, the interview process and some case studies of current students, so be sure to use this information in your application and/or interview!
Finally, there are also some job boards focused on summarising the big graduate schemes and their deadlines, so be sure to check them out.
- Specialist Recruitment Agencies
Another good way to find a graduate job is to sign up to a good recruitment agency, ideally one that specialises in the job sector you are looking to work in. The agency can then keep a look out for suitable opportunities for you, let you know about them and send your CV over to the employer. They will remain as your point of contact to let you know about any updates, interview times and tips. It’s also useful to have that extra support when it comes to negotiating a salary, start date or relocation costs.
Specialised agencies are also a good idea to ensure you get accurate advice from your consultant whilst being sent jobs relevant to your degree subject, as opposed to generalised jobs that cover all sectors.